Heavy rainfall increases the possibility for flooding. Floods occur as streams and rivers overflow their banks, which can occur from deep snow run off or during heavy rainfall. Flash floods can occur rapidly and unexpectedly, after just a few minutes of heavy rain fall or hours of significant precipitation. Hoosiers who live in flood prone areas should always be conscious of the threat of flash floods when receiving significant rainfall.
The Indiana State Police reminds travelers in flood-prone areas not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and if you must, carry a cell phone and car charger with you at all times. Purchase a weather scanner and heed all flood and flash flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service. Do not drive around barricades at water crossings.
Be especially vigilant at night; many drowning deaths occur at night when it is difficult to see water crossings. Do not cross or enter flowing water; driving fast through high water on the road is not a solution. Faster speeds create less tire contact with the road surface and increase your chance of crashing.
Driving through standing water may affect your brakes. Test your brakes at low speeds as soon as you exit the water. If you choose to abandon your vehicle, respect the force of the water flow, you may be swept off your feet. After you exit the vehicle seek higher ground. Remember that six inches of water will reach the bottoms of most car doors, while one foot of water will float many vehicles, and two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles.
If you find yourself stranded in flood waters remain calm and call 911. If you can do so safely move to higher ground.